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Catch Me If You Can (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  25 December 2002 (USA)
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A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr., who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars' worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor.



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An FBI agent hunts down a young con artist who successfully impersonated an airline pilot, doctor, and assistant attorney general, cashing more than $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in 26 countries. Written by Anonymous

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The true story of a real fake. See more »


Biography | Crime | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Atrápame si puedes  »

Box Office


$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,082,000 (USA) (27 December 2002)


$9,493,232 (Japan) (9 May 2003)

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Steven Spielberg:  [father]  Frank Abagnale Sr. fails to set Frank Jr. straight throughout the film. Workaholic Carl Hanratty loses his daughter Grace to a divorce. See more »


When Frank gets to Miami International Airport to wait for his fiancée, a car driven by a man wearing a hat stops right behind him. When Frank looks around searching for potential police, the door of the car behind is opening. In the next shot, the car behind him is gone. See more »


[repeated line]
Carl Hanratty: How'd you do it, Frank? How did you cheat on the bar exam in Louisiana?
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, Brian Howe is listed as playing "Tom Fox" and Frank John Hughes is listed as playing "Earl Amdursky". However in the film, Howe played Amdursky and Hughes played Fox. However, this was corrected for the DVD release. See more »


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Captivating DiCaprio, engaging story
30 December 2002 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (2002) **** Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Nathalie Baye, Amy Adams, James Brolin, Frank John Hughes, Brian Howe, John Finn, Jennifer Garner. DiCaprio gives a grandly charming performance as Frank Abagnale, Jr. a teenager who adopted the professional guises of airplane pilot, physician and lawyer to front his check kiting schematic modus operandi during the 1960s and eventually making the FBI's most wanted list by bilking millions until his capture and imprisonment. Based on Abagnale's best-selling memoir and adapted with lean storytelling by Jeff Nathanson, the film never lets up in the giddy cat-and-mouse/Road Runner/Wile E. Coyote relationship between fugitive DiCaprio and amalgamated FBI square Hanks (replete with thick as clam chowder Boston accent, dorky specs and porkpie hat) one step behind his two-steps ahead prey and a unique dynamic of a father/son esthetic. Walken gives an Oscar worthy supporting turn as the elder Abagnale whose financial woes and tanglement with the IRS acts as his son's catalyst. Once again filmmaker Steven Spielberg makes popular entertainment into a work of art.

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